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Some old comics sell for $1.5 million

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Tweet A Kentucky man who hoped to sell his comics collection in order to help send his grandkids to college will probably be able to afford a semester or two. The collection, which included an Action #1, Detective #27 and Marvel Comics #1, sold for $1.5 million. A comic from 1940 with the first appearance […]

Checker Books is back (?) with The Winsor McCay Project

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Tweet Back in the day Checker Books was a company that specialized in reprinting old comic strips and books, including a bunchy of Winsor McCay comics. Run by Mark Christopher Thompson, the company kind of faded away after a dispute with Diamond, although Thompson later teamed up with the relaunched Devil’s Due. Well, they’re back, […]

Cyber Monday: a few quick sales – Marvel, Bud Plant, comiXology, etc

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TweetThis post may be added to throughout the day. Comixology is adding DC to it’s sale offerings. Bud PLant Books has it’s first ever cybersale with some great savings on a ton of fantastic art and historical books. Marvel has a sale allowing you to get Marvel Unlimited PLus for the price of Marvel Unlimited […]

Gift Guide: Perfect Nonsense: The Chaotic Comics and Goofy Games of George Carlson

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Tweet Since all the Santa’s are in the stores and it’s christmas carols non stop already, I might as well start posting my book rec’s as a GFT GUIDE. But Perfect Nonsense: The Chaotic Comics and Goofy Games of George Carlson is a perfect gift for a fan of illustration and golden age comics and […]

24 Hours of Halloween: good old horror comics of all kinds

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Tweet There are a gajillion free horror comics on the web, including tons of old public domain stuff of the kind now being collected by many publishers. For a pretty good archive of PD and other, you cn’t go wrong with Diversions of the Groovy Kind’s post tagged “horror comcis” including this gallery of Tomb […]

31 Days of Halloween: Steve Ditko’s Mysterious Traveller

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TweetFantagraphics has now published four nice hardcover volumes collecting old Steve Ditko comics. Last year they released Steve Ditko’s Mysteriuous Travellers, and here’s an excerpt! The newest book is called Impossible Tales, and all books are edited by Blake Bell and reprinted from the original color—which to our taste anyway, is far superior to modern […]

THE SHADOW HERO by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew reveals a revamped Green Turtle

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Tweet Gene Luen Yang is riding high right now with his excellent two-volume BOXERS & SAINTS getting great reviews and a shortlist for the National Book Award. And of course once one book comes out, everyone wants to know what’s next. In Yang’s Case it’s THE SHADOW HERO, which will be drawn by Sonny Liew. […]

Did Bob Kane swipe Batman from Siegel and Shuster?

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All the references to Mark Millar’s infamous “Orson Welles was doing a Batman movie hoax” of 2003 in this piece by Brad Ricca suggest to me that this is another clever hoax: the claim that in the May 1937 issue of More Fun featuring Doctor Occult, the Siegel and Shuster team has drawn a familiarly shaped proto-Bat-man. The actual Batman first appeared in Detective Comics #27 (May 1939).

Why your Bronze Age comics collection ain’t worth squat

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Tweet Frank Santoro is at it again, in the aptly titled American Pickers in which he advises a friend’s father that a comics collection with stickers of $20 and $15 is actually worth crappity doo doo, despite what all those “reality” (and I use the term loosely) “collectible” shows may say: It’s a typical collection that […]

MUST HAVE: Fletcher Hanks’ Stardust the Super Wizard gets an awesome figurine

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Tweet If you are a fan of bizarre, pseudo-naive comics which actually reveal the terrors and struggles of our very subconscious in fantastic form—and who isn’t?—then you are already are wise to Fletcher Hanks, the obscure yet beloved cartoonist whose rare work was lauded in RAW magazine and collected in two books from Fantagraphics, I […]

Must Read: Tom Scioli on good/bad coloring and Barry Windsor Smith

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TweetCartoonist Tom Scioli (Gødland) is obviously a devotee of classic comics styles; it should come as no surprise, then, when he wonders Whatever Happened to Barry Windsor-Smith?. Smith is credited with introducing the influence of the Pre-Raphaelite art school to comics, along with his studio mates Jeff Jones and Wm. Michael Kaluta. Swearing by William […]

SDCC13: Longbox Tales from Old Con

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TweetBy Carolina Cooney While the masses of attendees poured in the doors and made their way toward their exclusive of choice (many to be disappointed), I opted to head the opposite direction and work my way towards “Old Town” — the Golden and Silver Age Pavilion.

Area man finds $100k comic in the wall then rips it in squabble with in-law

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TweetBY now you’ve probably seen this story about an Elbow Lake, MN contractor named David Gonzalez who found the Holy Grail of Comics—an Action #1—hidden among newspapers used as insulation in the walls of a house he was remodeling. Talks about lucky finds! The copy has already been put up for auction at Comic Connect […]

Retro Zeus Comics line is now on Kickstarter

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Tweet   Note: This Zeus Comics is in no way associated with the well known Texas store Zeus Comics. Back on April 1, we told you about Zeus Comics—a purported line of salacious 50s comics that had recently been rediscovered. Given the date and people involved we correctly deduced it was an elaborate April Fools […]

Gilbert Hernandez on the comics of childhood

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Tweet I was lucky enough to attend the slideshow and talk by Gilbert Hernandez at Housing Works Bookstore the other night. Beto presented a slideshow of his favorite comics of his youth, a particularly salient topic since his new Marble Season is about the joys and mysteries of a kid’s world, including comics and tv […]